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Join the Lehigh County Conservation District for a two-session workshop focusing on manure management, environmental stewardship and sustainable farming practices.
PA Farm Link will be holding a Farm Succession and Transition Program on January 24, 2017 at the Lehigh County Agricultural Center, Allentown, PA. Professionals in the agricultural industry will be providing valuable information to farm business owners who are looking to retire, scale back from farming, or looking to transition from a farm business to take on another adventure.
Penn State Extension has planned nine educational meetings for commercial tree fruit growers this winter. The regional meetings are being held all across the state.
I spent most of the summer writing a review paper on apple rootstocks and came across quite a bit of information that might be of interest to commercial fruit growers.
We visited with Ephraim Zook at his farm in Ephrata, PA. Ephraim has been farming vegetables on 60 acres since 2000.
Internal parasites have been an issue in sheep production for a long time. As producers, we all strive to prevent parasite infections as much as possible, but one avenue that many of us have overlooked is the opportunity to utilize EBV (Estimated Breeding Values) data generated through NSIP, the National Sheep Improvement Program, to help promote genetic resistance to parasites.
Ag Marketing Educator, John Berry, reflects on one of the most common questions he's been asked over the course of his 20 years with Penn State Extension.
Many fruit growers across the state are incorporating sustainable practices, and many of these practices can be implemented by beginning farmers to show their customers they are being good stewards of the environment.
“Long Live the Farmer: Diversity & Biodiversity” is theme for the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) conference. From January 20-22, this year’s event features a “conference within a conference”: the first Northeast Organic Seed Conference: Owning Our Own Seed.
Plan to attend one of the pre-conference workshops, held on January 30th, the day before the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention begins.
A new Sustainable Agriculture Educator, Megan Chawner, joined Penn State Extension in Lehigh and Northampton counties the beginning of December.
You may be receiving an email or a letter from Penn State in the coming weeks. You need to take action in order to continue receiving updates and alerts from Extension.
The Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance is hosting a hands-on grafting workshop on January 30th, the Monday preceding the Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.
There are a lot of good reasons for using covers crops on vegetable farms including recycling or adding nitrogen to the soil.
Portable equipment can help producers, including small-scale and local farmers, get products to market quickly.
The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit team has created new videos for fruit growers. These ten minute ‘Learn Now’ videos are short, to-the-point guides explaining topics that are fundamental to commercial orchard intensification and efficiency.
The fall season brings excitement, fatigue, and stress as farmers are trying to maximize their harvest with uncooperative weather, limited workers, and shorter days. With the urgency felt by farm families during this season, here are some safety reminders.
With more farmers thinking about how to transition their operations to the next generation-including those who own farms preserved in perpetuity for agricultural production-the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is making new funding available to ensure those operations have an up-to-date succession plan.
Good shepherds should be focused on good management practices, high performance sheep and meeting the needs of customers.
View this new 4-part video series to help you understand how your farm or food business may be affected under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).